San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Investors’ patience was rewarded

Stocks: In entertainment, biotech and health care, it was an up year for Valley stocks – with a few exceptions.

By Joel Russell December 15, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

Cheap funding was the fuel for big deals

Deals: For both buyers and sellers, high stocks and low interest rates created a favorable M&A market.

Newcomers & Goners

Prominent companies joined or left the Valley 50 index this year, as acquisitions, relocations and an IPO changed the landscape of the local economy.

Staying Aloft Takes More Than Air

Aerospace: AeroVironment seeks funding for Global Observer.

Aerospace: AeroVironment’s high-altitude drone is a project in search of funding.

Woodland Hills Camera Maker Widens Vision

Production: Can Panavision provide filmmakers a movie-in-a-box package?

Ripe for The Farmer’s Market

Kaiser’s sponsored event offers domestic violence booth.

Health Care: Kaiser hosts a domestic violence advocate at its farmer’s market.

Viewing the Past at 40,000 Feet

Boeing’s rich local heritage documented in new photo library.

Aviation: Boeing’s new website sells historical photos to air enthusiasts.

When Math And Music Add Up

Cellist Alex Bozman, a former engineer, is now an entrepreneur.

Innovation: Santa Clarita has a tech incubator with a knack for learning.

The Number

The Number: Apartment owners expect a year of upgrades in 2015.

Ol’ Saint Shrek?

Retail: DreamWorks Animation partners with Glendale Galleria on holiday attraction.

Retail: DreamWorks sponsors “trips” to see Santa at the Glendale Galleria.

High-Tech Makeover for Light-Weight Scooter

Technology: Agoura Hills startup makes 27-pound vehicle that can be folded.

Grant Delgatty, founder of URB-E, an Agoura Hills startup that makes light, electric scooters for use by urban commuters, has been named to the 2014 socalTECH 50 list.

Burbank YMCA Isn’t Slowing Down in 90th Year

Giving & Non-Profits: Community center expands offerings after multiple fundraisers.

The Burbank Community YMCA recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, but unlike most nonagenarians it’s had a very busy year.

L.A. Fitness Gives Lift to Struggling Glendale Mall

Retail & Hospitality: Dallas owner signs multiple tenants for Marketplace.

It appears Glendale Marketplace is on the mend.

Learning Polymerase Reactions at Junior College

Health Care & Biotech: Trade group promotes biotech classes to beef up worker base.

Attendance for a biotechnology class at Ventura College is getting a boost from the Bio Science Alliance, a Conejo Valley trade group that’s in the midst of a renaissance.

Parting Shot

Howard “Buck” McKeon is leaving Congress after 22 years. He reflects on his long career serving north L.A. County and how to keep the local defense industry strong.

Q&A: Next month Buck McKeon will retire from Congress, but he won’t miss the politics.


A look at some of the greater Valley’s biggest business stories.

Timeline: Land grabs, lawsuits and labor agreements involving companies in the greater Valley.

around the valleys

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley

Warner Bros. Entertainment will make 152 staff reductions in January across all divisions, with nearly all at the San Fernando Valley lot, according to notices filed last month with the state Employment Development Department.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events


Market Watch Summary

Stocks see-sawed slightly lower during the two-week period ending Dec. 10, with optimistic jobs data and slumping oil sending mixed signals to investors.

The Anti-Top Ten List

From the Newsroon: The Anti-Top Ten List looks back at some standout stories in the Valley.

It Could Have Been A Lot Worse

The year brought major victories to Valley-area businesses, but the minimum-wage increase hurt.

Op-Ed: Business scores some political victories..

Now, Here’s to a Better 2015

Op-Ed: A wish list for 2015.

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A Full Tank

Westlake Village firm building Texas LNG plant

Energy: Applied LNG in Westlake Village is building a liquefied natural gas production plant in Texas.

Twisted History

In its nearly 20 year existence, Applied LNG has been known by multiple names, which reflects the company’s complicated history.

New Address For Post Office?

Development: Apartments eyed for Woodland Hills location.

Development: The Woodland Hills post office could become an apartment complex.